The pouring of the Spirit on flesh and blood in Acts was God's way of extending God's love and mission through people in a diverse community. One of the continuing signs that the Spirit is at work today is in the diversity of difference found in very few church spaces. A study by Lifeway Christian Resources shows that 86% of churches in America are monoethnic--meaning that only about 14% are diverse.
Listen in as we look to the scriptures to see how the power and the sign of the Spirit is evident when the church crosses over and builds bridges to God's Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
As the disciples saw Christ ascend surely they had mixed feelings. Times of uncertainty lay ahead for these followers of The Way. But sometimes absence can be a catalyst for our faith. Listen in us as we wrap up our series on Signs of the Resurrection and discuss what Christ's ascension does for the church.
Today we open up the mic and allow for some powerful testimonies of how God has met some of the folks in the congregation. We also look into the scripture and see how Jesus can help us recover from a place of disinheritance.
After Jesus's resurrection he appeared to many demonstrating the inauguration of a new kingdom. He preached about a kingdom that would demonstrate signs and wonders. Yet like his disciples we need Jesus to open our eyes to see them. How do we approach these signs when we see them? What type of posture should we take in seeking them. Listen in as we look to scriptures for God's revelation to us.
When we think of "Signs and Wonders" we usually have something pretty specific in mind, but often times those things that we label as awe and wonder do not appear to us as that but simply as something quotidian. Listen in as we discuss how we can continue to see the signs and wonders of the Resurrection even when it doesn't seem like there is anything to see.
This Sunday, Rev. Chantilly Mers shared a Lenten-teach on John 4, titled "Seeing at the Well." This Sunday may have felt a little different, she blended worship and song with moments for conversation and reflective action. So come prepared to listen and connect with the folks from Metro. Hopefully you will leave this podcast, as did the woman at the well, with living water.
We begin a new sermon series examining the fast of Jesus during the Lenten season. In the Esther series, we saw fasting as a way to be connected to God, each other and the world around us. But how can fasting in the wilderness experience show us further connectedness to the Father?
Even when we are called, times can become difficult and even the outlook of circumstances can become bleak. However the promise of God is his ability to make something out of nothing. When Esther risks it all to save her people, how does God move in the favor of both Esther and her people? More importantly, how should we respond in these moments of crisis?
It's no secret that there are spaces that don't always welcome us. Often these atmospheres are outside of our control, so how can God's favor change the culture of these spaces for us and how can we use the wisdom of God to navigate them?
Some say God moves in mysterious ways. But when we receive a divine call to action, it can become very clear. As Esther is called to step out of her comfort and privilege she embarks on a journey of personal education and spiritual transformation. Listen in and see how a divine call to action can be a transformative experience for you.
Paul the apostle taught that "the weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds." This is not only a teaching on the reality of our struggle but a promise of our posture in asserting truth to power. So how can the turning of a cheek and the blessing of our enemies be more than some obscure virtue?
Before being called to mission, the disciples of Christ were on a search for something. Be it purpose, meaning or understanding the call gave them hope that their journey of faith would be the cause for a radically different life. Listen in on this sermon and see how everyone--even you--can find what they're looking for.
Amidst resolutions and the sensation of a new season, we can gladly charge into making changes and new beginnings, but how can we actually "begin well"? What does it mean to be prepared and how does the "fear of the Lord" come in to play. Listen in on this podcast and see how the knowledge of the Lord is understanding.
In order to seek the signs that God leaves for us, we need to be open to being surprised and open to God's multiplicity of possibility and God's capacity to change the world around us. Listen in as Pastor Jose shares the story of King Ahaz and God's invitation to seek the signs.
Josue Perea opens up the season of Advent with a sermon on the form of the modern day Christian. In the first century, persecution looked one way, what does persecution look like to the Christians of today? And when we experience personal persecution how does one, as Paul writes, "keep Christ as close as the clothes we wear"? Listen in and see how spiritual devotion can be reaffirmed--especially in community.
Pastor Jose invites us to see worry, dissatisfaction and even hopelessness welcomed in scripture. God gives us permission to feel the full spectrum of human emotion but when times become dark--and it is natural to lose hope--how can we regain it?
When the unexpected happens and an entire people's voice feels silenced, how do the people of God respond? How have people expressed their profound discontent through the word of God? Listen in as folks from Metro share their own version of Psalm 22.
Ken Shigematsu writes "It is possible to engage in a lot of spiritual activity but fail to grow." We have often understood the spiritual life as in doing more to attain more, when in reality its about building disciplines and rhythms that allow us to grow spiritually. Listen as we discuss the importance of prayer for our personal and spiritual growth.